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Team City, State Record Pvs.
1 South Panola Batesville MS 15-0 1
National Champion. Mississippi Class 6A State Champion: The Tigers ascended to the top of the rankings at the end of August and were able to hold off a late charge from several teams from power states to claim the title.
2 St. Thomas Aquinas Ft Lauderdale FL 15-0
Florida Class 5A State Champion: The Raiders could give any team in the country fits with its physical defense and balanced offense. It cleaned house in its class.
3 St. Edward Lakewood OH 15-0
Ohio Division I State Champion: The Eagles played the most difficult schedule in the nation and navigated it without a blemish.
4 De La Salle Concord CA 14-0 12
California Open Division Champion: The Spartans left no doubt as to which team was the best in California this year, rolling Pac-5 champion Servite in the Open Division Bowl. A win over Nevada champion Bishop Gorman ends the year as the best out-of-state win.
5 Northwestern Rock Hill SC 15-0 4
South Carolina Class 4A Division II State Champions: National Player of the Year favorite Justin Worley led the Trojans to a state title beating Greenwood, 42-10. Worley threw for over 5,000 yards and 64 touchdowns this year, beating five ranked teams in the process.
6 Don Bosco Prep Ramsey NJ 12-0 8
New Jersey Non-Public Group IV State Champion: A season after winning a national championship, Don Bosco will end in the Top 10. The Iron Men downed rival Bergen Catholic, 37-27 for the state crown.
7 Pearland Pearland TX 16-0 37
Texas Class 5A Division I State Champion: Not enough respect was paid to Pearland (which was the No. 44 team in the Texas preseason rankings) until it had to beat Katy and Trinity to win the state title. A fantastic run to the school’s first state title.
8 Trinity Euless TX 15-1 5
Trinity fought hard and was on the cusp of a claim for a national title. The team was so good that Pearland only made two mistakes in the Texas 5ADI finals and it almost cost it the game. Trinity was by-far best one-loss team in the country.
9 Butler Matthews NC 16-0 7
North Carolina Class 4AA State Champion: One of the best years in Butler history ended with a state title. With the number and quality of returning juniors and sophomores, there could be two more state titles very soon.
10 Bingham South Jordan UT 13-0 14
Utah Class 5A State Champion: The Miners rolled through Utah this season. With a team loaded with Division I talent, this Bingham squad could have played with any team in any state.
11 Wheaton Warrenville South Wheaton IL 14-0 10
Illinois Class 7A State Champion: The Tigers finish the year as the top team in Illinois, defeating Lake Zurich in the title game.
12 Daphne Daphne AL 15-0 16
Alabama Class 6A State Champion: Under the radar for much of the season, Daphne made an impressive run through the state tournament and ended with a 7-6 win over Hoover.
13 Hamilton Chandler AZ 15-0 15
Arizona Class 5A Division I State Champion: The Huskies began and ended the season as the top team in Arizona.
14 Miami Central Miami FL 15-1 21
Florida Class 6A State Champion: The Rockets used an amazing championship performance by Devonta Freeman to win the first state title in Central history. The team ends the year No. 2 in Florida.
15 Hoover Hoover AL 14-1 18
Hoover played a fantastic schedule and proved to be one of the elite programs in the nation. A solid season ended with a 7-6 loss in the Alabama Class 6A state finals.
16 Mullen Denver CO 14-0 19
Colorado Class 5A State Champion: The Mustangs had one of the best defenses in the nation and it flexed its muscles all year, only allowing 89 total points against it.
17 Acadiana Lafayette LA 10-5* 22
Louisiana Class 5A State Champion: The Wreckin’ Rams were one of the hottest teams in the country come December. It had to forfeit four games so the 10-5 record is decieving; it should be 13-1.
18 Phoebus Hampton VA 15-0 20
Virginia Division V State Champion: The Phantoms used a dominating defense to take home another state title. The team only allowed 80 points all season.
19 Coppell Coppell TX 13-1 23
The Cowboys had one of the best teams in the country and nearly knocked off Trinity in what may be one of the best high school football games of all time.
20 West Monroe West Monroe LA 14-1 24
The Rebels came up just short against Acadiana in the state final, losing 21-14. The season was still a good one and the team proved to be a Top 25 team.
21 Dr. Phillips Orlando FL 14-1 6
One of the most talented teams in Florida made it to the state finals before falling to Miami Central. It was still a Top 25 season for the Panthers.
22 Meridian Meridian MS 14-1 34
One of the better defenses in the country was worn down by one of the best teams in the country. Meridian lost to South Panola in the Mississippi Class 6A state final.
23 Jefferson Tampa FL 14-0 35
Florida Class 3A State Champion: The Dragons high-flying pass offense set plenty of Florida state records on its way to the title and a Top 25 national ranking.
24 Katy Katy TX 13-1 45
Katy was oh-so-close in its loss to Pearland in the Region 3 final. With Pearland winning the state title, it boosts the stock of Katy back into the Top 25 nationally.
25 Harrison Farmington Hills MI 13-0 26
Michigan Division 2 State Champion: Harrison was a latecomer onto the scene but made a solid run through the playoffs, downing Lowell in the state final, 38-28. And to settle any debate, it has a win over the Division I state winner, Lake Orion, on its resume as well.
26 Folsom Folsom CA 14-1 47
California Division II Bowl Champion: Folsom was able to avenge its early season loss to Grant and then beat Serra in the Bowl game.
27 Bishop Gorman Las Vegas NV 13-2 36
Nevada Class 4A State Champion: The Gaels had a very solid season led by underclassmen. The state title was expected and it delivered.
28 Palo Alto Palo Alto CA 15-0 NR
California Division I Champion: Paly helped steal a ton of respect for NorCal by defeating Corona Centennial in the mud. The team had several quality wins in the regular season and playoffs but downing the Huskies was the signature win it needed.
29 Cocoa Cocoa FL 14-0 38
Florida Class 2A State Champion: Playing without its marquee player, Chevelle Buie, for the last two weeks of the season, Cocoa proved more than it did when playing with him. Consecutive wins at Madison County and against Glades Central legitimized this program.
30 Centennial Corona CA 14-1 13
The Huskies fell in the Division I Bowl game in a monsoon. The offense was never able to get in sync and it cost the team a chance to argue for the best team in California.
31 Servite Anaheim CA 14-1 9
After a grinding run to a Pac-5 title, the Friars came up against one of the best teams nationally in its Open Division loss to De La Salle.
32 Manatee Bradenton FL 13-1 43
The Hurricane season ended with a disappointing loss in its Class 5A semifinal to St. Thomas Aquinas. Injuries derailed what could have been, but the season was still very good for a team that entered with a lot of question marks.
33 Ursuline Youngstown OH 15-0 29
Ohio Division V State Champion: Led by Ohio Mr. Football Akise Teague, Ursuline won its third-straight state title.
34 Stony Point Round Rock TX 14-1 31
The Tigers season ended in the Texas Class 5A Division I semifinals with a loss to Trinity. Its playoff run was impressive but fell just short.
35 Franklinton Franklinton LA 14-1 42
Louisiana Class 4A State Champion: The Demons needed overtime to down Edna Karr in the state final but it got the job done. The team ends the year No. 3 in Louisiana and inside the Top 50 nationally.
36 Goose Creek Goose Creek SC 13-1 27
A very good season ended in defeat to Northwestern. Goose Creek finishes the year as the No. 2 team in a good South Carolina state ranking.
37 Wayne Huber Heights OH 11-4 30
Braxton Miller was the season for Wayne, but the defense steadily improved as the season went on and it nearly won an Ohio Division I state title.
38 Mission Viejo Mission Viejo CA 13-1 25
A season of promise fell short in the Pac-5 final against Servite. The Diablos had a very solid season and were rewarded with a Top 50 ranking.
39 Chaparral Scottsdale AZ 14-0 32
Arizona Class 5A Division II State Champion: The Firebirds ended the year with a state title and some argument to the No. 1 spot in Arizona. With the young talent on the team, it will likely ascend to that spot to begin next season.
40 Byrnes Duncan SC 12-3 39
South Carolina Class 4A Division I State Champion: Byrnes took quite a while to get healthy and get rolling. Once both of those pieces fell into place, the Rebels rolled to another state title.
41 Dorman Roebuck SC 14-1 40
The Cavaliers showed a lot of grit this season, playing through injuries and adversity. It lost in the state final to its biggest rival, Byrnes.
42 Myrtle Beach Myrtle Beach SC 14-1 41
South Carolina Class 3A State Champion: Everett Golson was the name of the game for this team. The team’s only loss was to Byrnes and it was able to get a win over Upstate power South Pointe in the final to steal respect for the South state teams.
43 Brookwood Snellville GA 14-1 63
Georgia Class AAAAA State Champion: The Peach State was not as top heavy as it has been in recent years. More very good teams stood out than usual and Brookwood proved to be the best of a good bunch.
44 Hillside Durham NC 16-0 50
North Carolina Class 4A State Champion: Vad Lee and the Hornets proved to be among the best teams in the nation. It was a banner year for North Carolina football.
45 Oaks Christian Westlake Village CA 12-2 51
Oaks Christian moved up its league to improve the schedule that had been the knock against it for several years. Winning its section title proved it to be a legit program and not just a beater of inferior teams.
46 Steele Cibolo TX 14-2 80
Texas Class 5A Division II State Champion: Malcolm Brown led the Knights to a state title. The team began the year No. 30 in the nation and fought back from a 1-2 start to win the championship.
47 Guyer Denton TX 13-3 33
Guyer played one of the more difficult schedules in Texas and made it to the Class 5A Division II final before losing to Malcolm Brown and Cibolo Steele.
48 Bentonville Bentonville AR 13-0 44
Arkansas Class 7A State Champion: The biggest class winner in Arkansas was not the clear-cut leader of the pack all season. As it marched through the playoffs, it became clear it was the best in state.
49 East Grand Rapids Grand Rapids MI 14-0 46
Michigan Division 3 State Champion: East Grand Rapids finished its season with a hard-fought victory over Orchard Lake St. Mary’s, 35-27.
50 Lake Travis Austin TX 13-2 74
Texas Class 4A Division I State Champion: Injuries cost the team a game early but ultimately made it better as young players stepped up. Lake Travis is a four-peat winner in Texas.
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